Why Do Republicans Hate Conservation?

5 08 2008

A few days ago, Barack Obama suggested (gasp) that people inflate their tires to the proper levels to save themselves, and the country up to 4% on oil consumption.  This is true.  It’s just physics and math.

Now, the Republicans are actually handing out little tire gauges, making fun of “Barack Obama’s energy plan”.  HUH?  Mocking conservation efforts….yeah.  Good plan.  For the true political elitists, saving $.12 or $.14 a gallon by being conscientious seems silly.  For normal people, this is a good thing.  It’s common sense.  If I went to fill up and saw the prices had come down 14 cents, I’d be pretty pleased.  Wouldn’t you?

Today, Randi Rhodes had the ultimate tit for tat response.  Last month when John McCain had a patch of skin cancer removed, he urged all Americans to wear sunscreen.  She wanted us to imagine at the Democratic convention if everyone held aloft little bottles of Coppertone, mocking John McCain saying that this was his idea of healthcare.  I know it would never happen, and I know that Democrats for the most part are above sinking into the Republican gutter.  Remember the purple heart bandaids they wore at the Republican convention last time, mocking John Kerry?   But I have to admit…a small part of me thinks that would be great.

But the rest of me would prefer that we keep reacting the way Barack Obama did in this clip.  Speak the truth, point out the rediculousness of the Republicans and hope to God that the majority of people see it for what it is. 

“It’s like these guys take pride in being ignorant.  They think it’s funny that they’re making fun of something that is actually true.”


Stevens Shoots Self in Foot. ‘Keep it Up,’ Think Dems.

5 08 2008

There’s some major faulty logic going on in the Stevens campaign. Now back in the state, Ted Stevens did the whole dog & pony show at his campaign headquarters holding a rally, where he was reported by ADN to have been in the presence of a “large, supportive crowd”. He also had quite a spectacle when he was  he was escorted by a parade of bikers. At least Ted didn’t volunteer his wife Catherine to participate in a topless biker beauty contest like McCain did with Cindy.  (There are no words.)

And…Stevens wants his trial to be moved from D.C. to Alaska because sure…we’re impartial here, right? Don’t pay any attention to the screaming crowd at the airport named for him, Justice Department. Nothing to see here…

It’s not like he’s got anything to worry about in the primary. The most recent post-indictment poll indicated there’s really no competition. So why the effort to gather the troops and get that front page story and photos on the Anchorage Daily News? Seems to me like the more balloons and confetti, the less the chances of Stevens getting his way with the trial relocation.

Not that I’m complaining. Just felt a need to state the obvious.